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Scholarship opens up for Kyle Smith, Washington State as wing Chance Moore leaves program

Kyle Smith speaks at a newss conference in Washington State University’s Rankich Club Room on  April 1  in Pullman. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)
Kyle Smith speaks at a newss conference in Washington State University’s Rankich Club Room on April 1 in Pullman. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – Yet scholarship has opened up for Kyle Smith and the Washington State men’s basketball program.

Chance Moore, a transfer forward who would’ve been eligible to play for the Cougars midway through the 2019-20 basketball season, is no longer with the program, a school spokesperson confirmed to The Spokesman-Review Tuesday.

CougCenter was the first to report Moore’s departure, which comes as somewhat of a surprise considering the former Wichita State wing/forward had indicated he was prepared to make a transition with the program under new coach Kyle Smith, who was hired to replace Ernie Kent in March.

In April, Moore quote tweeted a post from the WSU Cougars account, captioning his message with, “Lets get to work coach #TTP (trust the process).”

Kent had initially signed Moore after the player left Wichita State midway through his freshman season with the Shockers. Had he remained in Pullman, Moore wouldn’t have been eligible to suit up for the Cougars until December of this coming basketball sason.

Due to transfer rules, the former four-star recruit from Louisville, Kentucky, sat out once he arrived on the Palouse last season. He leaves WSU without playing a single minute for the Cougars.

The 6-foot-7 Moore was a score-first wing who transferred from Wichita State in the middle of his rookie season because of disputes with coach Gregg Marshall regarding his playing time.

“He thought he should be playing more and our staff didn’t” Marshall said. “We had some specific things we wanted him to do to play more and he just couldn’t come around to that.”

Moore was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and a three-star recruit by He initially chose Wichita State over offers from Virginia Tech, Butler and Dayton.

Due to transfer rules, it’s likely Moore pivots and goes the junior college route before returning to an NCAA Division I program.

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